It’s time to sign up your kids to go to school next year. Actually it might be too late for some kindergartens, so act quickly. Here’s my guide to getting in. I’m assuming that because you’re reading this, either you or your spouse is a foreigner, so I’m not going to talk about what it takes for a local kid to get in. Here’s how you do it. There are many different types of kindergartens out there, and your spouse might be angry at me for saying this, but I firmly believe that it doesn’t really matter which one your child goes to.
Here at MORE, we feel that we’ve been a bit remiss in our offerings to the family folk out there. To our readers it may seem like Hangzhouvians’ lives are all about drinking and party. It’s may be true that there are tons of alchies and party animals out there, but there are also lots of mommies and daddies, and they are wondering where they can take their kids to picnic or on a weekend trip, or maybe just be on a farm to get close to nature. Spring is in full throttle, and it’s a fabulous time to get out with the tiny tots before the unbearable heat of the Hangzhou summer engulfs us. So, here we have gathered a collection of info for those of you who have children, and for a change, we are giving you parents some fun places to explore. Enjoy!!
In the 1930s, Edith Piaf, a slight woman of four feet eight inches, stunned the world with her powerful voice and became known as La Môme Piaf (The Little Sparrow). When I hear Annie Chen singing robust songs with deep tones, I can’t help but think of Edith. The beautiful and dominant English songs heard are not what you’d expect to come from such a small woman. We are in JZ Club where she will be performing for the next two months. It is an hour before she is to go onstage, and music sheets are scattered on the tables before her.
Hashing originated in 1938 in Malaysia when a group of British officers and expatriates began meeting on Monday evenings to run in a fashion patterned after the traditional British paper chase or "hare and hounds" game. One of the members suggested the name "Hash House Harriers" after the club where several of them happened to live and dine, known as the "Hash House." Their objectives were “To promote physical fitness among our members; To get rid of weekend hangovers; To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer; To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel.” At present, there are almost two thousand chapters in all parts of the world, including Antarctica. Hashing has been in Hangzhou off and on for over seven years but died out again in 2010. I am sitting with Rogier Luijenburg, a Dutchman who revived it last year with some fellow hashers.
Located on the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Man Wah Cantonese restaurant has long been a premier dining spot in Hong Kong, offering breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour in an elegant Chinese style room with golden bird cage lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
When Chef Li Man Sing joined Man Wah in 2010, he revitalized the menu and improved the presentation of dishes. His modern interpretation of traditional Cantonese cooking quickly attracted the attention of the culinary world. In 2012, Man Wah was awarded one Michelin star and repeated the honour in 2014 and 2015. MORE Magazine had the chance to have lunch at Man Wah and chat with Chef Li.
Living in China, we often have the need to go to Hong Kong for business, leisure or the routine visa run. Why not make it a truly memorable trip, go on a splurge and treat yourself to a stay at a true Hong Kong institution? MORE Magazine visited the flagship Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hong Kong to give you an idea of what to expect at this iconic hotel.